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Police Protective League
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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

January 10, 2017

Law Enforcement News

SWAT, K-9 Take Down Attempted Murder Suspect After Chase, Standoff On 405
Police pursued a man wanted for attempted murder Monday night in a chase that wound up shutting down the 405 in both directions. The chase lasted almost two hours in and near the San Fernando Valley until LAPD brought in SWAT vehicles that performed a pit maneuver. Two armored vehicles crushed the suspect's while a K-9 pounced on the man in presence of an army of officers. It all ended on the southbound 405 near the Sunset Boulevard offramp at around 12:20 a.m.

Sheriff's Deputy Killed in Crash Amid Manhunt for Orlando Police Officer's Killer; Authorities Offer $60,000 Reward for Gunman's Capture
Hundreds of law enforcement officers scoured Orlando on Monday for a man suspected of fatally shooting a police officer, searching door-to-door in apartment complexes and prompting the lockdown of a dozen schools. After the shooting outside a Walmart, the suspect fled in a vehicle, fired shots at a pursuing officer, abandoned his vehicle and carjacked another, police said in an account of the investigation. Later in the day, an Orange County sheriff's deputy searching for the suspect was killed when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle.

Parolee Accused of Fatally Shooting Sheriff's Sergeant Pleads Not Guilty
A parolee accused of shooting a Lancaster sheriff's sergeant responding to a burglary call, then pumping four additional shots into the veteran lawman once he was down, pleaded not guilty Monday to a murder charge. Trenton Trevon Lovell, 27, of Lancaster, is charged in the Oct. 5 killing of Sgt. Steve Owen. Lovell, who is being held without bail, is due back in court Feb. 15 for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.

A proposal to give civilians more say in LAPD's disciplinary system could end up more lenient on officers
A proposal that would give civilians a greater role in the discipline of Los Angeles police officers accused of serious misconduct could also lead to more leniency for officers facing termination or lengthy suspensions.Union officials contend that the existing disciplinary boards can be unfairly swayed by favoritism within the LAPD — or by the chief's influence over the two officers who sit on each panel. Craig Lally, the league's president, said Monday that he believes civilian members have often voted in favor of officers because civilians look at the cases more objectively, without pressure from the police chief.
Los Angeles Times

Parker Center: What will happen to old LAPD headquarters?
The future of Parker Center, a building many view as a symbol of dark aspects of the Los Angeles Police Department's past, will be a focus of discussion Tuesday at a City Council committee meeting.  Parker Center, the LAPD's former headquarters, has been mostly empty since 2009 when the department moved to new headquarters about a block away, and some historical conservationists are scrambling to try save the structure as the city considers tearing it down.

'HOLLYWeeD' Sign Prankster Arrested on Suspicion of Trespassing
A local artist suspected of altering the Hollywood Sign on New Year's morning to make it read "Hollyweed'' surrendered to Los Angeles police Monday and was booked on suspicion of trespassing. Zachary Cole Fernandez, 30, surrendered at the LAPD's Hollywood station, accompanied by his attorney, shortly after noon, according to City Councilman David Ryu's office and county jail records. He was booked and released on $1,000 bail around 2:40 p.m., according to jail records.

Woman Says Brother Deliberately Ignited Fire At Her Hyde Park Home; Arson Investigation Underway
A fire that ripped through a home in Hyde Park early Sunday morning was being investigated as a possible arson, officials said. The incident was reported about 12:39 a.m. in the 6100 block of South 11th Avenue, where a row of bungalows caught fire and one of them became well-involved in flames, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The inferno was extinguished shortly before 1 a.m. No injuries were reported.

Report: LA Valley College Pays Hackers $28K Ransom
Los Angeles Valley in Valley Glen paid a $28,000 ransom to hackers following a cyber-attack to its system over winter break that left students and staff locked out of their accounts. The school newspaper, The Valley Star, reports that the college paid the ransom using bitcoins on Jan. 6 after hackers locked its file, email and messaging systems and threatened to delete them if they were not paid. The determined it was cheaper to pay the ransom that try and remove the unidentified ransomware virus.

Sherman Oaks' Notre Dame High cancels classes due to e-mail threat
An anonymous e-mail threat prompted Notre Dame High School to cancel classes today, the private Catholic school announced on its web site, but a search turned up nothing hazardous. A Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad was sent to the campus at 13645 Riverside Drive to check out an unattended item that turned out to be a lunch box. Parents learned of the closure early this morning as they tried to drop their children off for school.
Los Angeles Daily News

Judge To Consider Revoking Conditional Release Of So-Called ‘Pillowcase Rapist'
A judge in Santa Clarita will begin hearing arguments Monday on whether to revoke the conditional release of a serial rapist from Coalinga State Hospital for at least one year. The hearing will be held over two days in Santa Clara County for Christopher Hubbart, the so-called “Pillowcase Rapist.”

LA to Remain 'Safe Haven' For Immigrants, Sheriff Mcdonnell Says
After a campaign in which now President-elect Donald Trump promised more aggressive deportations, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell sought to reassure local immigrant communities that his agency plans to stick by its policy of not serving as immigration agents. McDonnell is expected to address the subject of immigration enforcement under the Trump administration with the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The board is also expected to announce plans to form a county office for immigrant affairs.

Backpage shuts down adult section, citing government pressure and unlawful censorship campaign, one of the world's largest classified ad websites and a frequent target in the political battle against sex trafficking, closed its adult ads section Monday in the United States, claiming to be the victim of a government witch hunt. The extraordinary move came shortly after the release of a scathing U.S. Senate report that accused Backpage of hiding criminal activity by deleting terms from ads that indicated sex trafficking or prostitution, including of children.
Los Angeles Times

Wife of a U.S. marshal accused of framing his ex-girlfriend in Craigslist 'rape fantasy' plot
When officers arrived at Angela Diaz's condo last June in response to her 911 call, police say, they found her in tears, with a ripped shirt and red marks on her neck. A man had just tried to rape her in her garage, she said. Anaheim police believed this was the gruesome result of a recent Craigslist ad, in which someone had posed as Diaz and invited men to visit her condo to participate in her “rape fantasy” encounters, even if she screamed and fought back.
Los Angeles Times

Painting Politics: Dems rehang controversial ‘pigs' picture on Capitol Hill
Democratic lawmakers put back on display on Capitol Hill a controversial painting that angered police with its depiction of officers as pigs -- after Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter personally took down the picture last week. Responding Tuesday on “Fox & Friends,” Hunter said: “The Capitol Police aren't going to arrest me for taking down a picture that portrays them as pigs.”
Fox News

Local Government News

Which LA city departments could be impacted by projected $245 million deficit?
Ben Ceja, an analyst with the City Administrative Office, made several recommendations to shore up the shortfall including requests that some departments adjust hiring plans and hold off on non-required civilian hiring until March, a proposal that brought concern to the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which represents police officers. “Crime has skyrocketed in Los Angeles and our neighborhood police patrols are short staffed every day,” said Craig Lally, president of the LAPPL. “Any proposal that delays hiring civilians so that we can get more police officers in our neighborhoods to reduce crime and improve response times puts public safety at risk.”
Los Angeles Daily News

LA City Council urged to borrow up to $70M to cover lawsuit payouts
Los Angeles city officials are being urged to issue up to $70 million in bonds to pay for large lawsuit settlements approved by the City Council this fiscal year amid a projected $245 million budget shortfall. Ben Ceja, an analyst with the City Administrative Office, said the department is recommending that City Council members move forward with borrowing between $50 million and $70 million to pay off some of the settlement amounts. The financing would go toward a $21 million installment on a $200 million settlement in a housing-related lawsuit.
Los Angeles Daily News

Mayor Garcetti backs Monica Rodriguez in crowded Pacoima-area LA City Council race
Monica Rodriguez received a key endorsement today from Mayor Eric Garcetti, who backed her out of a field of 20 people for the open 7th District seat on the Los Angeles City Council. The mayor is also scheduled to appear at a Saturday campaign “kick-off” rally for Rodriguez, according to her campaign spokesman, Josh Pulliam. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Olympics 2024 News

L.A. Olympic bid report forecasts $11-billion boost for local economy
The private committee bidding to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Los Angeles has issued a report predicting that the mega-sporting event would boost the local economy by $11.2 billion. The study, conducted by UC Riverside in conjunction with an economic research firm, will be included in a submission Los Angeles must make to the International Olympic Committee early next month.
Los Angeles Times

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